5 Random Things for 2016

Posted on 07 January 2016

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Happy 2016, and may your new year be as fierce as this centaur wielding a bow and arrow. Here’s a quick update on what I’ve been up to:

1. I’m here to judge you. In a good way, that is. I’ve updated this site to reflect my manuscript critique services. I specialize in critiquing book-length fiction and nonfiction projects; many of my past clients have lived in the Cleveland area, but I’m expanding to offer critiques to writers in other areas, too. Details about my critique services, including my fees and terms, along with testimonials and FAQs, can be found here: Manuscript Critiques.

2. I never said I was modest. As far as my own writing life is concerned, I’ve been busy behind the scenes lately. My short stories are forthcoming in the following journals in 2016: Kenyon Review (both online and in print), Michigan Quarterly Review, Notre Dame Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Puerto del Sol, Washington Square Review, South Carolina Review, and the Among Animals anthology. I also have a short personal essay coming out in Equus, a horse magazine (because I had to follow up that Cat Fancy publication somehow).

3. Wearing my teaching hat. This year, I’ll be teaching writing workshops (including a short fiction workshop, flash fiction and nonfiction workshops, and more) at the Cuyahoga County Public Library and Literary Cleveland. You can find more information on my Events page.

4. Retreat, retreat. In September, I’ll be attending an annual island writing retreat that was created by some friends and writing colleagues. When I say “island,” I mean of the Lake Erie variety, not the tropical kind. So don’t get too jealous. But there will be lots of wine, plus beaches and a ferry and, hopefully, cake. So there’s that.

5. Wanted: satirical cats? I’m currently serving as a contributing editor for Neutrons/Protons, a humor and comics journal. Check out the submission guidelines here. Cat lovers are particularly encouraged to submit.

Image: Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts

 


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